Never a dull coat
I purchased this gorgeous orange boiled wool from The Drapery last year with the view to making a short lined jacket. When it arrived it was so divine, I instantly ordered a second piece so that I could make a long jacket.
Initially, I had the fabric earmarked for a Japanese pattern, but after lots of deliberation the Berlin was triumphant. It was totally the right decision.
The Berlin Jacket is a great pattern:
- It is relatively quick to sew as the seams don’t require finishing and there are no fastenings
- The construction is just like Tessuti’s Sydney Jacket (ie. the seams are overlapped).
- The fit is great
- It is easy to wear… more like a cardigan than a jacket
The jacket is designed so the that sleeves are rolled up to reveal the sleeve facings. My preference was to wear the sleeves long, so I removed 3/8 inch (1cm) from the sleeve length before adding the cuffs.
The other minor change I made to the pattern was to raised the pockets by 1 inch (2.5cm). As I’m a little short in the arm department, I might raise them a touch more if I were to make this again.
Now this isn’t a jacket for the depths of Melbourne’s winter (I learnt that the hard way today), but it sure is a great addition to my wardrobe and I can’t help but feel cheery when I put it on.
Pattern: Tessuti’s Berlin Jacket
Fabric: Boiled wool from The Drapery [sold out]
Alterations: Lowered the pockets by 1 inch (2.5cm) and shortened the sleeves by 3/8 inch (1cm)
Accessories: Scarf from Scarlet Jones